ceilidh vs SCD

Jim Healy

Message 35411 · 4 Jun 2003 21:56:09 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Greetings!

Alan Paterson sets out his reasons for not wanting to do Ceilidh Dancing as:

>- Dangerous footware
>- Uncontrolled pushing/pulling
>- Arhythmic motion
>- Complete disregard for the music
>- Requirement to continually have to expect an unexpected move
>- Unpractised moves (how many actually "learn" how to birl properly?)

Just for balance, the committed Ceildh dancer's corresponding list of why
he/she has no interest in RSCDS style dancing would read something like:

Dangerous footware (or, at least, inviting injury to the dancer)
Inflexible and unyielding approach to 'geographical' errors (the 'tut-tut'
brigade)
Being shoved around by more 'experienced' dancers
Complete disregard for the music and, particularly, the musicians
An opinion that there is such a thing as perfect footwork
An obsession with performance dancing
A requirement that dancing be joyless and po-faced

A caricature - yes, as Alan's was intended to be. The two views are,
however, what underlies much of the antipathy. I wrote what seems like years
ago on Strathspey, however, that it is down to the RSCDS dancers to change
the attitude. Those of us who can do RSCDS can also do Ceilidh, it is not
necessarily the case that those who do Ceilidh can do RSCDS. We need to go
out and show them that their caricature of us is wrong and some of us need
to learn that you can have fun while being boisterous. Just occasionally,
leave the ghillies in the cupboard and birl.

Jim Healy
Perth, Scotland

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